By Betsy Mahan
The shelves that previously carried germ fighting products are bare at most stores. People are taking the coronavirus very seriously…some for health reasons, and others to not let a crisis go to waste in this Presidential election year.
The hyper-political response to the government’s handling of the coronavirus by Speaker Pelosi and keyboard warriors on social media has been despicable and counterproductive. This demonstrates that operatives would rather attempt to score political points by spreading false and provocative messages than curb the impact on our economy and focus resources on this infectious disease.
Perhaps this is a useful drill to make sure government agencies like the CDC and state health departments improve communications and protocols for a rapid response to infectious diseases, such as the common flu that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.
We need to have confidence that a future pandemic will provoke health related, not political, responses that protect our people and our economy. Our private companies and healthcare providers are valuable resources in such times, and should continue to be part of a coordinated response team. By all appearances at the regular briefings led by Vice President Pence, the Administration has made the coronavirus a priority to prevent the spread we are seeing in other countries.
The good news? Fewer people will contract the coronavirus and the flu, and the economy will recover because it was healthy from the start. Our loved ones with underlying health conditions cannot rebound as easily, so please take precautions so we can all look forward to being together this summer.